Mar 1, 2014For a game that was utterly unforgiving in the arcades, yes the ARCADES where people had to pay money for each life, this game is remarkably well balanced. One reviewer was whining about bosses being too hard and not having enough energy replenishment. Boo hoo. Stop yer whining and start grinding to beat the boss. Old school games were not about beating a boss on the first or even 10th try. They were mercilessly hard in order to make money. However, steep difficulty also made for more skilled players and more prestige when a person completed the game.
The game misses the full 10 because it does lack the two other levels. A "reimagining" of a classic should always bring more to the table. Cutting those two levels, no matter how strange the story, gives it a hit.
This game is the OPPOSITE of "Mark of the Ninja (MOTN)." While Strider does have some sneaky-esque moments, he's a one man army badass that takes on all enemies. The stylized effects and fleshed out story are wonderful for those who have played the coin-op or sega classic. Additionally, in comparison to the non-canon Strider Returns, the official Strider 2, and his appearances in Marvel vs Capcom 1,2,3 this game does a pretty good job of presenting him as an insanely strong character.
The artistic style takes a few ques from MOTN using shadows and blacked out visuals in the earlier stages. But, it is the immersive feeling of all the MEIO murals and statues that really show the amount of work that went into production.
The music was also wonderful. I heard remixes from not only the arcade version, but also remixes from the NES version. Which is a sad development point in that the wide ranging level design and different locales from the NES version were not included. However, for 14.99 I'd be willing to pay more for some DLC with the missing Strider 1 coin-op/sega levels and NES levels.
Overall, this game is a real treat for fans who have played through the entire series previously and can appreciate where things have been retained, updated, and unfortunately sometimes omitted.… Expand